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I quite often wonder whether we go way over the top on what we buy our kids for Christmas. I see people going crazy at the toy sales buying several trolleys full – then when you ask them how many kids they are for they will say only 1 or 2!!!

I’m a little bit more modest with what I buy for my children buying them one main present each (this year its a combined present as they are getting a new gaming system) and buy them a range of smaller presents based on their santa lists.

Even then there is still only a few that don’t end up just sitting in the bottom of the toybox.

I have the tedious task now of sorting through the kids toys and will be taking bags down to the Salvos or another charity to go to kids in need or they can sell to help the needy.


Posted anonymously, 28th November 2015


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  • Each to their own I suppose.
    I have a few family members who buy EVERYTHING for their kids. Not only does it make it hard to buy for them (and make you NOT want to buy for them as it is so not appreciated) but the kids are definitely spoilt brats.
    When I was young, we got one main present and a few little trinket things in our stockings. We would have to watch our cousins take half the day to open all their presents. At times there would be a bit of jealousy but in the end, our parents gave us their time and that’s what was really important. I’m carrying on that tradition with my daughter too. She is an amazing kid. She wants for nothing and is extremely grateful for everything she gets. She’s 3 years old and all she wants a little garden of her own with a tomato plant. Pretty proud of that :)

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  • I don’t like spending much either with Christmas toys. Luckily my daughter is older now, so I go more for books!

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  • Maybe they are buying presents for other times of the year, birthdays, now that would be a good plan!

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  • I know if a friend of a friend who bragged about spending $500 on Easter eggs this year for her kids. I couldn’t believe it, she’s a single mum with 5 kids blowing her Centrelink on crap! And boasting about it


    • Great – that’s where our hard earned taxes go! It’s always so disheartening reading this kind of story – if only people would spend money (however acquired) responsibly.

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  • We go with modest gifts as kids do not need mountains of toys.

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  • Agreed. A few is quite enough.

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